Here's another new synopsis:
Source: https://collider.com/strange-world-trai ... al-disney/
The animated film will be led by the vocal talents of Jake Gyllenhaal (Spider-Man: Far from Home) as the protagonist, Searcher Clade. The black sheep of his family, Searcher chose a very different path from the others. Coming from a long lineage of brave and daring explorers, Searcher instead decided to get his hands dirty differently - by becoming a farmer. But in Strange World, Searcher needs to team up with his family to help them complete an incredibly dangerous mission. As he steps out of his comfort zone, Searcher is amazed and intrigued by the unknown alien world that surrounds him.
Now it reminds me even more of the 70’s French animated show “Once Upon a Time… Life”, with researchers traveling into and exploring the human body. I see floods of red blood cells, oxygen animals, brain stems, invading virus monsters… Even the character design seems to reference the show:
I think you're right. The character design definitely seems inspired by that show, as well as the world. I bet the "twist" is that they're inside the body of someone or something.
Farerb wrote:According to the captions:
The woman who's driving is Meridian.
The guy who seems like the protagonist is "Searcher", I guess that's his actual name.
The black kid is Ethan.
That other woman, the one who speaks to Searcher is Callisto Mal.
Thanks for the info! There's also the blue creature who's called Splat. I bet it's the character voiced by Alan Tudyk. I'll put the names with pictures, so it's easier to know who's who.
Callisto Mal (left) and Searcher Clade (right)
Jules wrote:Btw, is Searcher Clade black or caucasian? He seems dark, but not black. Maybe I'm just confused ...
He looks caucasian to me. I'm curious to know how the characters are related. Are the Black characters (Meridian and Ethan) Searcher's younger siblings? If so, are they from a different mother? Or are they his children? And Callisto Mal looks like she could be Native American to me, but maybe it's just the hairstyle.
DisneyEra wrote:I thought Ethan was going to be the main character.
Me too, but that's because The DisInsider said
it was him. He also appeared in the concept art Disney first released, next to Searcher Clade. I wonder if he was the protagonist at first and they decided to change it or if The DisInsider just got it wrong. If Ethan had been the main character, he would've been WDAS' first Black male protagonist.
Farerb wrote:The characters design pretty much feels like any studio could have made this film.
This is hands down the worst character design work in the history of Disney Animation. I don't understand why they would abandon the appealing and beloved Disney house style in favor of some of the most generic and ugly designs I've ever seen. In the past, when they experimented with design, they fused the Disney style with other influences, but the end result was still recognizably Disney. The Disney-esque quality was evident in the visuals and aesthetic of films like Hercules, Atlantis or Lilo & Stitch. There's nothing in this that signals "Disney".
I totally agree with both of you. If I didn't know about this project and the word "Disney" wasn't in the trailer, I never would have guessed this was a WDAS film. There are several reasons why I like Disney much more than any other animation studio, but the main one and the reason I became a Disney fan in the first place is their visual style, which I've always found very appealing, so the fact that WDAS is now following Pixar's example and is starting to change their house style for a different one for each movie is really disappointing to me. The movie itself looks interesting to me, but I'm quite less excited for it now due to the underwhelming character designs.
Disney's Divinity wrote:I have to say both this and Elemental have been very disappointing reveals. If I had to go with which was worst, Elemental takes it. At least this looks like a continuation of a group dynamic even though it's a roadtrip film, whereas Elemental isn't even that adventurous (being a generic buddy roadtrip film like practically 95% of American animated films released the past 15 years, ugh, God, make it stop).
I agree both have been very disappointing and that Elemental
looks worse, but this is more underwhelming to me personally since I care more about WDAS than Pixar.
Disney's Divinity wrote:The main guy made me think of the human love interest in Hotel Transylvania. And the son--I assume they must be father and son?--looks like a character from The Lorax. I hope Chalamet isn't still attached to this, because it would be a waste of his time.
The designs remind me of Hotel Transylvania
too. I had forgotten Timothée Chalamet was rumored
to have a role in this film. I bet Captain Calypso Kahn is Searcher Clade's father. If that's true, I don't think that's the character he was going to voice.
Farerb wrote:Why couldn't Strange World get its teaser shown like Thor's did at a major event? (Because it costs more money and Disney probably don't think it's worth it).
I think that has more to do with the fact that the audience for this film is not the same than the one who watches those events.